GUN CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER POLICE BRUTALITY PROVEN IN COURT

R. v. V. A. | 2008 | O.J. No. 2563

Counsel Alana Page persuaded the Judge to reject the police officers’ testimony that they had seen 3 males throw loaded handguns over the balcony as they executed a search warrant, and that the males attacked police during the subsequent arrest. The Court accepted Ms. Page’s submissions that her client had been had been kicked by police as he knelt to the ground, causing multiple injuries. Further, the other male who was arrested suffered a black eye, a fractured rib and a perforated eardrum at the hands of the police.

This case made headlines after the Judge ruled that the police used excessive force during the arrest. After hearing Ms. Page’s submissions, the Judge rejected the evidence of four Toronto Drug Squad police officers, and concluded that their testimony was fabricated to justify the injuries they caused. Given the questionable credibility of the police officers, both Accused were found not guilty on all charges.

After reading the transcripts of Ms. Page’s cross-examination of the police officers, the Special Investigations Unit arrested one of the police officers and charged him with Assault causing bodily harm and Uttering threats.

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